Michael Ledeen knits together themes he has pursued regarding the war over the past three years in an excellent column for NRO: “The thirties all over again?” Here is one pointed paragraph:
The scary thing about our current jam is that 9/11 was supposed to have been the wakeup call, but we are again asleep. For this I blame our leaders — both the administration and the Dems. The administration is constitutionally unable to explain itself, and the Dems have no qualms about losing all present battles so long as they can elect their candidates and bring down this president.
Ledeen does not bother to note that our current jam includes the throbbing McGovernite heart of the Democratic party. Ledeen focuses on the White House and the “collection of frauds” beating within the heart of the Democratic Party:
[A] collection of frauds, writing in places like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Mother Jones, continuously recycles a story saying that a neocon (code for “Jewish”) conspiracy duped Bush into going to war in Iraq, and is now arranging the invasion of Iran. Documented lies, like those peddled by Joe Wilson to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, are treated as reliable. Fantasies about American armed forces operating covertly in Iran, like those written by Seymour Hersh, get taken seriously. And people like me are accused of masterminding the whole thing, even though I oppose a military campaign against Iran.
No one can doubt that this is a willful disinformation campaign, aimed at paralyzing and then destroying the president. I do not think people in the White House have ever fully appreciated their peril. I think that lack of understanding goes hand-in-hand with the failure in strategic vision that underlies our unwillingness to fight the regional war that is being waged against us.